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Message from the Vice-President, Advancement & Alumni Engagement

Erin Morantz, Vice-President, Advancement & Alumni Engagement
Erin Morantz, Vice-President, Advancement & Alumni Engagement

Your generosity is making a big difference for SFU students and what’s next for our university.

We are grateful to partner with you in addressing the complex challenges of our times and building an inclusive, sustainable future.

Students are at the heart of all we do at SFU. For almost 60 years, they have energized our campuses and communities with their fearless optimism and intense inquiry.

We must ensure they continue to thrive by creating engaging, inclusive opportunities and spaces that will elevate their learning experiences—and foster their success.

In this issue of Engage, we are pleased to showcase how your enthusiastic participation and support are helping to transform the SFU experience for our students as well as researchers, staff and the broader community.

We introduce you to alumnus Allan Merrill, whose own experiences studying abroad while at SFU inspired him to give back so more students can benefit from global learning opportunities. We celebrate the commitment of the Jenabai Hussainali Shariff family, who are creating collaborative international experiences that address climate change. We highlight how Indigenous Business Leadership EMBA students are engaging in transformative learning opportunities on Indigenous land and in Indigenous communities.

Learn how SFU researcher Stephanie Cleland, the Legacy for Airway Health Chair in Promotion of Lung Health, is tackling the impacts of B.C. wildfires on human health. Discover how multimedia artist Kaleb Thiessen is pushing creative boundaries through a new student award established by Serein Properties. See how the Marianne and Edward Gibson Art Museum is already transforming our Burnaby campus as construction progresses.

These are just some of the many and dynamic ways in which our generous partners are contributing to the next phase of SFU’s journey.

Thank you for being a vital part of the university’s story and our bold aspirations for the future. We couldn’t do it without you!


Erin Morantz
Vice-President, Advancement & Alumni Engagement

This story is part of our summer 2024 edition of Engage, our magazine celebrating the impact of SFU’s donor community.
To read more stories, please visit the Engage landing page.